Bringing Solar to the 75% in Connecticut

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As Connecticut lawmakers prepare to vote on shared clean energy legislation, Vote Solar asks residents to urge their representatives to pass the bill. HB 5412 would allow utility customers to subscribe to solar installed offsite.

We love seeing solar on people’s roofs. But at least 75% of us (a conservative number) can’t put solar on our roof. It’s not that we don’t want to — but we may have a roof with shade or other issues, our credit score might be too low, or like increasing numbers of Americans in urban settings, we may live in a multi-unit building.  

The issue is not limited to homeowners. Businesses can run into the same roadblocks, and they don’t always own their building.

More states are looking to community solar options to make solar accessible to all. In Connecticut, HB 5412, An Act Concerning Shared Clean Energy Facilities, would allow utility customers to subscribe to a local solar project located elsewhere than their own roof. They would get credit on their utility bills for their portion of the clean power produced from that installation. According to Vote Solar, this policy is especially needed in a state like Connecticut, whose many beautiful trees create shading issues for solar on roofs.

 

As state lawmakers prepare to vote on HB 5412, Vote Solar is asking Connecticut voters to urge their representatives to pass the bill.

 

Local generation of the kind encouraged by bills like this has benefits beyond bringing solar to more people. It also results in more local solar investment, more local solar jobs, and healthier, more resilient communities.